"6 Nations" Relationship & Sexuality Education (RSE) Symposium
Queen's University welcomed colleagues from Uruguay, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland to the first "6 Nations" Relationship and Sexuality Education event with an exchange with Rutgers International (Netherlands) and the World Health Organisation. This event aimed to establish a policy actors’ network sharing knowledge and experience to build capacity to implement high quality, comprehensive relationship and sexuality education.
This event was supported by funding received from Eurosocial and the QUB Research Policy Engaged Research Fund.
"The aim is to create a collegiate learning network between senior RSE policy makers here in the room today but also a resource for you in the future. There is no one recipe that works for all countries at all times, but we can still share and adapt"
- Prof Maria Lohan
What the delegates said... ↑↓
"I was delighted to have the opportunity to participate in the day. I genuinely believe that for a lot of us there, that we now have the opportunity to work together to influence the change in culture that is still needed in this field of work."
Elaine McCormack, Senior Health Improvement Officer, NHS Glasgow
“It was a very inspiring and fruitful meeting”
Ineke van der Vlugt, Program manager: Contraception & Abortion, Rutgers International
"Gracias de Belfast,
Dr Silvia Graña Baéz, Technical Advisor Responsible for the Program Area of Adolescence and Youth Health: General Directorate of Health Ministry of Health
"It was an incredibly rare opportunity for myself and colleagues to meet and compare our work and experiences. I’ve been working as a leader in this field for several years and this was my first chance to compare RSE work with several peers. I really appreciate your leadership in making this happen."
Lucy Emmerson, Director, Sex Education Forum, National Children’s Bureau
"The whole learning experience was excellent and uplifting, with great speakers and a lovely balance of learning and friendship. It has certainly given me a lot of ideas, areas to look at and useful contacts in the early stages of my work on RSE (2nd phase)."
Deidre Coffey, RSE Project Manager, Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA)
"It was a wonderful day of collaborative learning and we were delighted to be a part of it. It was reassuring to hear how we are all dealing with similar challenges and can help each other along the journey to positive and comprehensive RSE."
Annette Honan & Paul Knox, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) - Department of Education and Skills
The 6 Nations Symposium Organising Committee
(L-R) Dr Aisling Gough, Dr Theresa McShane, Mr Miguel Ferro Lopez, Prof Maria Lohan
6 Nations Symposium Agenda
You can view the agenda and download the presentations from the "6 Nations" RSE symposium by clicking each nation/organisation below.
“6 Nations” Relationship & Sexuality Education (RSE) in the context of National Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategies
WELCOME & ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS
AM SESSION LEARNING FORM URUGUAY
1. An overview of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy combining Health and Education in Uruguay with a special focus on the role of RSE and its impact on adolescent pregnancy (25 minutes)
2. Discussion and reflection (25 mintues) over coffee/tea
LEARNING FROM 6 NATIONS
Keynote speakers from 6 nations
To address four key questions
1. What is the current state of play of Relationship and Sexuality Education (RSE) in your Nation?;
2. What have been the key changes in the past 10 years that have led to the current state of RSE and what have been the key challenges?;
3. What are the links between RSE & Health Services?;
4. How do you see RSE progressing in the next 5 years?;
AFTERNOON SESSION (addressing same questions as above)
(Prof Maria Lohan and Dr Theresa McShane)
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ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION arising, topics might be;